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May 1, 2013

Charlestown secures $1.6M for community center

City leaders continue planning of Family Activity Center

CHARLESTOWN —

The Charlestown City Council met Monday and passed several ordinances to secure funding for the city’s Family Activity Center.

The center will include a roller skating rink, sprinkler pad, playground, miniature golf course, a large multipurpose building, concession area and the Charlestown Express, a kid-geared train with a route on the facility’s grounds.

During the meeting, officials passed a resolution to receive a $1.1 million loan from New Washington State Bank to put toward the FAC.

Council members previously transferred a $300,000 surplus from the 2012 budget into the city’s general fund.

During the meeting, council members passed an ordinance to take that $300,000 in the general fund and put it into the Youth and Family Activities Complex fund to be spent on the FAC’s skating rink construction, Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall explained.

Hall said the secured funding will fall $14,000 short of the bid accepted to complete the skating rink, so the generation of additional funding is required.

Council members also passed two ordinances to take $199,138 from the city’s capital trust fund to be spent on the FAC’s playground and sprinkler park equipment.

The equipment costs for the playground and sprinkler park totals nearly $366,000, Hall said, and this project will also require council members to find additional funding.

Hall said with the $1.6 million derived from the three sources, the city is on its way to fully funding the project’s early phases. 

“It [$1.6 million] will allow us to get everything we want done, done, with the exception of the playground,” Hall said.

He said the combined funding, with $250,000 from the tax-increment financing district, will bring the city close to funding the roller skating rink, multipurpose building, sprinkle pad and playground.

Hall said the funding also covers a family-friendly train that will operate on the FAC grounds.

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